What is Carbon Monoxide?
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can occur when coal, wood, propane, kerosene or natural gas is improperly or incompletely burned. To burn properly natural gas must mix with the right amount of air and be ignited by a spark or flame. Light or early exposure may cause headaches, drowsiness, ear ringing, nausea, blurred vision or chest pains. Heavy or prolonged exposure can result in serious health effects or death.

Carbon monoxide can be produced from natural gas when a heater, stove or furnace is malfunctioning or when a gas grill is used indoors without proper ventilation. To protect your household, make sure all your gas appliances are correctly installed and inspected annually.

Carbon monoxide is also produced in vehicle exhaust. The leading cause of carbon monoxide poisoning is from vehicle exhaust in a closed area or garage. Always open your garage door before starting your engine and never allow your vehicles to idle inside a garage or enclosed space.

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1. What is natural gas?
2. How was natural gas created?
3. Is natural gas safe?
4. What is Carbon Monoxide?
5. Who uses natural gas?
6. Why is natural gas considered the clean fuel?
7. Why is natural gas considered cost-efficient and reliable?
8. How does natural gas get to my home or business?
9. How does my gas provider know how much gas I use?